musicology #214


12AngryMen #10 (alternativesoundtrack #3)

(Original Broadway Cast – Gee Officer Krupke)

second slice from the Original Broadway production of West Side Story and what else could it be other than this one. themusicologist only knows this song from watching the film as a youngblood growing up in the 70’s and 80’s but this cut is the only one that I can still see in my minds eye. an excellent piece of social commentary about what was a growing concern for America in the second half of the 50’s, Juvenile Delinquents.

The dilemma seems to have been a question of how to make money out of teenagers without too much cost to society. As first America, (and then the world), was manouvered away from a ‘needs’ and into into a ‘desires’ culture this proved impossible.

Emotions are a dangerous playground and a ‘got to have it at any cost’ mentality was never going to be conducive to a harmonious society. Some of the problems we now face are related to this move into desires in part because emotional responses are not rational so if one desires something they are more likely to be irrational in the pursuit of it. leading, in a ever increasing number of cases, to a ‘by any means necessary’ approach to the aquisition of such things.

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One thought on “musicology #214

  1. now racism is revealed as playing its part in condemning the accused youth and more doubt creeps in amongst the jurers under the incisive questioning of our man, refusing to leave no stone unturned in his quest for the truth!….
    brilliant piece of musical theatre, a song that has stayed with me since first hearing it.

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